LADY HORNETS (2-16; 1-4 MEAC) vs. Bethune-Cookman Lady Wildcats (12-4; 4-0 MEAC)
Sat., Jan. 20, 2018—2:00 p.m.
Dover, Del. (Memorial Hall - 1,500)
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Delaware State Head Coach Barbara Burgess (Delaware State, ‘90): 14-64 at DSU (3rd year), 26-103 career (7th year); 0-2 vs. Bethune-Cookman
The Lady Hornets (2-16; 1-4 MEAC) take on current MEAC leader Bethune-Cookman. Delaware State is trying snap a three-game losing streak. DSU is coming off a 59-54 road loss to Florida A&M in its last outing on Jan. 15. The Lady Hornets led 31-18 at the half and 47-35 after three quarters before the Rattlers stormed back in the final 10 minutes. NaJai Pollard (sr.) was the only Delaware State player to score in double figures with 18 points, while Keke Barber (jr.) added nine points and a team-high eight rebounds in the contest. For the season, Pollard is tops on the Lady Hornets in scoring at 17.7 points per game. She’s also the team’s leading rebounder at 6.8 per contest. The 2017-18 MEAC Preseason Player-of-the-Year, Pollard also has three double-doubles this season to lead the Lady Hornets. Lanayjha Ashe (so.) is second on the team in scoring (10.4 ppg) and is the team leader with 59 assists. Barber is the Lady Hornets’ fourth-leading scorer (7.2 ppg) and has a team-high 18 three-point field goals.
Bethune-Cookman (12-4; 4-0 MEAC) has won its last four games, all MEAC contests, to hold the early lead in the conference standings. The Lady Wildcats are coming off a 44-42 win over Florida A&M on Jan. 13. Brianna Battle came off the bench to lead BCU with 12 points on four three-point field goals (4-8). Ashanti Hunt added 11 points, along with team-highs in rebounds (7) and assists (4) in the contest. For the season, Angel Golden leads the team in scoring at 13.2 points per game. She also has a team-high 40 three-point field goals. Chasimmie Brown is second on the Lady Wildcats in scoring at 10.3 points per game. Hunt is third on the team in scoring (10.1 ppg) and No. 1 in rebounding (8.2 pg).
HORNETS vs. WILDCATS Series History (DSU Hampton leads 36-28)
This is the only scheduled meeting between the teams this season. Bethune-Cookman won the lone 2016-17 contest 72-58 in Daytona Beach, Fla. NaJai Pollard scored a game-high 22 points to lead the Lady Hornets in the contest. The last time the teams met in Memorial Hall, DSU won 72-71 on a shot at the buzzer by Aaliyah Davis during the 2015-16 season. BCU has won the last two games between the teams, although Delaware State holds a 36-28 lead in the series.